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heading to manhattan soon. thinking about sushi. could be dinner, could be lunch, thinking $100 range per person before tax tip and sake. either after matinee theatre on a Sunday early evening or anytime on a Monday. Any neighborhood.

It can also be al a carte, just looking for something exceptional.

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  1. This comes up quite often:
    15 East (my favorite)
    Yasuda
    Sushi Nakazawa
    Ichimura at Brushstroke [EDIT]

    Though I think they'll all push you more to $150+.

    See: http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/8221...

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    1. re: thegforceny

      fantastic help, I am just looking at pictures of Yasuda. Thank you.

      1. re: thegforceny

        I think you meant Ichimura at Brushstroke? Not the regular restaurant. Note that omakase starts at $180.
        http://www.davidbouley.com/brushstrok...

        1. re: kathryn

          ichimura is $150 everytime I go.
          In the $100 range Blue Ribbon Izakaya is the best choice around. Their top chefs are underrated and super talented. I enjoy my meals there better than Nakazawa.

      2. For exceptional sushi omakase, $100pp is going to be too low. More like $150pp and up.

        Most of the heavy hitters in this category are closed Sundays except for Nakazawa (which is omakase only and difficult to book).

        However, some places like 15 East & Yasuda both do reasonably priced weekday lunch sets and you can always add on more items.

        Note: Yasuda is no longer at Yasuda, if sitting in front of a specific chef matters to you:
        http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/963721

        Yasuda and Ichimura at Brushstroke book via phone. 15 East & Nakazawa both book through OpenTable. Book ASAP especially if you want to be assured of getting two seats at the sushi counter and not a table.

        Reservations for Nakazawa go in a flash on OpenTable 30 days in advance at midnight, for both the sushi counter and the dining room. He's known for his appearance as the egg-sushi making apprentice in the movie Jiro Dreams of Sushi. Just checked OT & right now they're fully committed for the next 30 days.

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        1. re: kathryn

          Sushi Nakazawa opens the books for each day 30 days in advance at midnight. Be ready with opentable then as I have been told that by 12:03 everything is taken (it may not even take that long).

        2. Sushi Dojo works for your budget

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          1. re: foodiebuddha

            +1 for Sushi Dojo!!

          2. while looking so far at Yasuda and 15east

            I like the idea of tuna tastings.

            my h loves unagi properly warmed

            I had a horrible uni experience 20 years ago. I would like to get over that and give it another try.

            we love hamachi too.

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            1. re: Bellachefa

              I think Yasuda is your best bet and is more Japanese in feeling than 15 East.

              Yasuda will carry a number of types/preps of tuna, marinated, regular maguro, chutoro, o-toro, and seared o-toro. More importantly, they have the best eel, ask for a tasting of eel, you'll get different preps and both fresh and seawater.

              Finally, skip the sashimi to hold down the price.

              1. re: dndicicco

                Can you please explain how Yasuda is more "Japanese feeling" than 15 East.

              2. re: Bellachefa

                i think you're going to have a hard time hitting your target $ if you end up at yasuda. I'm not saying it's not worth it - i'm just saying that it's not what you originally set out to do.

              3. And remember silverjay's advice to ask for smaller pieces!